2018 FREE Summer Meals

Area school districts offer free summer meals to youth 18 and under. Adults are welcome to enjoy breakfast and lunch for a small fee. Coeur d’Alene SD Nutrition Services 667 – 7469 Post Falls SD Child Nutrition Office 773 – 1625 Lakeland SD Food Service Office 687 – 5451 Coeur…

Local Scholarships – Cops & Doctors & Architects, Oh My!

The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce held its annual “Scholars Breakfast” in April, celebrating the top students from the five area high schools. Three $1,000 scholarships, provided by Spokane Teachers Credit Union, North Idaho Consortium for Higher Education (NIHE) and Coleman Engineering, were awarded. Nineteen students competed for the scholarships…

An Egg-citing Prospect!

Think you might want to own chickens? Now you can try out urban laying hens without a long term commitment! Kip & Ei Farm’s, “Rent The Chicken” provides the opportunity to have “farm fresh” eggs in your backyard. Each rental includes everything needed: a portable coop, at least two egg…

Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure

Tree to Tree Adventure Park opened in May and is located within Farragut State Park. Tree to Tree features several ropes, bridge, and zip line courses ranging from a handful of feet above ground to 65 feet in some sections. The installation features four adult courses and two children’s courses.…

Join the (PoP)Club!

The Inland Northwest Food Network is pleased to announce that they will once again be offering the Power of Produce (PoP) Club this summer at the Hayden Farmers Market. The PoP Club – first held last summer – is a program that seeks to encourage children to make healthy food…

4 Steps of MONEY CENT$

Inspired by his aunt Keri Stark’s involvement in Bank On North Idaho, 12-year old Andrew Applehans recently created a poster about money management to share with other kids, and to satisfy a Boy Scout Merit Badge requirement involving community service. PLAN Think about what you might want to buy. I…

Bank On!

Bank On North Idaho is a new program to connect unbanked and underbanked North Idaho residents with mainstream financial services such as affordable checking products as well as free, community-based financial education opportunities. Through these pathways, the long-term outcomes are that participants have: Reduced levels of debt Increased credit scores…

Operation Second Chance – Helping Heroes Move On

As part of a long standing organization, Operation Second Chance – Idaho is being introduced locally beginning this summer. Operation Second Chance, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to helping our wounded, injured and ill combat veterans. This organization was started in 2004 and has continued to thrive through generous…

It’s All About Those Books …

It is an amazing time in North Idaho in that one of the most important factors for future success in life is being addressed by multiple organizations: LITERACY. The Shirley Parker Reading Program was established in 2002 by the North Idaho College wrestling program in partnership with Parker Toyota in…

Free Grief Camp for Kids and Teens

Children and teens profoundly experience grief when they experience the loss of a loved one. Thankfully, from July 13 to 15, North Idaho kids and teens will have a chance to gather together and know they are not alone. Hospice of North Idaho offers this free summer camp to help…

Preparing for Hospice Care: When is the right time to call Hospice?

Families often say that they wished they would have started Hospice’s care earlier. Hospice care typically provides direct care to patients wherever they reside, including: Prescriptions Medical Billing Management Support for caregivers with continual education Clinical care Connections with social resources Volunteer services Compassionate emotional support Hospice of North Idaho’s…

“Adulting” Part II

The Fall 2017 issue of the North Idaho Family Magazine kicked off a series on “Adulting.” This issue features “10 Tips & Tricks” compiled by guest columnist and “adulting specialist,” Ariel Mesenbrink. Heritage Health has a sliding scale based on your income. You may only end up paying $20 or…

Free CPR Training February 8

There will be a free CPR, AED, and First Aid training! Keep The Beat strives to increased number of citizens throughout the community properly trained to recognize and provide initial care for a variety of emergencies. Importantly, this training will provide attendees with life-saving knowledge to help stabilize situations to…